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Guide to Electric Vehicle Charging

Step by step guide to charging your car

Electric cars have come on leaps and bounds in recent years, which has been reflected in the growing numbers we're seeing on Britain's roads. Chances are that if you're reading this then you're considering an electric or hybrid vehicle and want to learn about one of the most basic elements of ownership: how to charge one.

The process of recharging an electric or hybrid vehicle may seem like an alien concept initially. However, it's really no different to charging the battery on your phone, except for it takes a little bit longer and has a few more safeguards in place for security reasons.

So, we thought we would create this handy guide that takes you through the process from start to finish.

Types of charging points

The process: how to charge your electric vehicle

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Here are the steps you will need to take in order to recharge the battery in your vehicle:

  • Your vehicle will alert you once it's running low on battery and will typically highlight your nearest charging stations on the infotainment system. If it doesn't, you will need to program this in yourself through the vehicle's guidance system.
  • After pulling up to the charging station, you will need to find the "filler cap", which will be illustrated in your vehicle's handbook.
  • At this point, you will need to carefully follow the instructions on the charging station you plan on using, because there are a number of providers that operate slightly differently from each other.
  • You will need to establish which charging connection your car uses. Again, this can be found in your vehicle's handbook.
  • Once you have selected the required charging inlet for your car, simply remove it from the holder and plug it into the car's port.
  • Your car will now display the charging status on its infotainment system/or dashboard. Typically, the vehicle will display how long you have to wait until the battery is fully charged.
  • Once the charging is finished, you can unplug the connector. For safety and security reasons, you cannot simply disconnect the charger unless you have followed the procedures outlined by the manufacturer of the vehicle. For example, some cars require you to press the 'unlock' button on your key fob before you can disconnect the charging connector.

That's the process finished! All you have to do now is get back on the road and enjoy the rest of your journey.

Go electric with Evans Halshaw

The charging process isn't that difficult when you think about it. There's no denying that there are more steps compared to fuelling a traditional petrol or diesel-powered vehicle, but the recharging process is hardly the inconvenience many believe it to be.

If you wish to learn more about electric vehicles because you're considering one for your next car, then take a look at our hub page. Alternatively, if you have any questions regarding your current electric or hybrid vehicle, then please feel free to contact your nearest Evans Halshaw retailer, who will be happy to help anyway they can.